It’s that time of the week again! Welcome to Lovehoney’s weekly round up of the best sex-related news on the web.
Erotica author Lily Harlem (winner of the first Lovehoney erotic fiction competition) has just released an exciting new novel called Good Cop, Bad Cop. This new book has been co-authored with the fabulous Natalie Dae and tells the tale of a lady caught between two lovers - both of whom want her cuffed and controlled.
Working with sex toys every day means strange and enlightening things pass ours desk regularly (the Jack Boot Spanking Paddle springs to mind) but at least once a day we'll see something that makes us exclaim "Well that's quite interesting...".
Bearing that in mind, we decided to round up the best writing on the web about sex, sexuality, relationships and, of course, sex toys for your enjoyment this dreary August Bank Holiday.
So grab a cup of coffee and a comfy seat and indulge in some lazy bank holiday reading (and viewing).
One of the best things about the new Lovehoney Happy Rabbit is that it's rechargeable. Instead of relying on batteries, it uses a mains charging motor that provides you with two hours of uninterrupted pleasure. There are so many benefits to using rechargeable toys, one of them being that they're far more environmentally friendly. Removing the battery pack the vibe not only lets you say goodbye to the cost and hassle of batteries, but it allows you to enjoy a cleaner, greener and more powerful sex toy.
If you make the decision to upgrade your old rabbit vibrator to one of Lovehoney's Happy Rabbits, you can do so discreetly, in a way that benefits both you and the enviornment. Use Rabbit Amnesty - the world's only environmentally friendly sex toy recycling scheme.
Unless you’ve been avoiding the internet, the TV and newspapers for the past couple of weeks, you’ll have heard some of the buzz surrounding the now mainstream erotic book Fifty Shades of Grey.
The first novel penned by E L James, a TV executive, wife and mother-of-two living in West London. The book was released in a small print run but became a near-overnight sensation as an E-book, topping the New York Times Bestsellers List. Even more amazingly, Focus Features and Universal Pictures have already bought up the movie rights and are seeking to bring the trilogy to the silver screen.
Originally penned as Twilight fan fiction, 50 Shades of Grey is the first in a trilogy of erotic books centering around Anastasia Steele (Ana), a sweet and chaste university student, and the gorgeous billionaire businessman, Christian Grey.
Ana’s gentle disposition gives way to her curiosity and unbridled lust for Christian as she begins to fall for him. Christian has some dark desires and only wants Ana if she’ll succcumb to them, on his terms. A passionate and forbidden affair ignites between them and what transpires is an emotional and physical journey that transforms them both.
During the course of this tense sexual thriller, you’ll follow their relationship in candid emotional and explicit physical detail, enjoying a rich and varied storyline resplendent with vivid depictions of their erotic adventuring. Intelligent, witty and incredibly sexy, this novel offers a unique insight into BDSM lifestyle and Dom/sub relationships and will be especially interesting for those whose partners don’t share their kinks.
At 6:45am on Saturday, Alice, Gemma and I were bleary eyed and loading ourselves and several cases into a car for a trip to Bristol. We’re not usually awake at that hour or working at the weekend but we made a special exception for Eroticon 2012, the first erotic conference aimed at writers, reviewers and sex bloggers.
Held in central Bristol, Eroticon 2012 was jam-packed with speakers and delegates from all walks of life, each with their own take on erotica and ideas about how to transform their passion into a career. Photographers, sex toy reviewers, erotic authors, performers, publishers and bloggers convened on both sides of the stage to impart knowledge and share experiences to help delegates hone their skills and spark their imagination in a series of thoughtful seminars.
As sponsors and dedicated sex toy enthusiasts, we brought along a selection of toys and treats to share with delegates and spent our time chatting to attendees, allowing them to get hands-on with some of our favourite products. Unfortunately this meant that we missed almost all of the talks and demonstrations but we had a great time mingling with delegates and speakers and we definitely enjoyed electrocuting them all with the Neon Wand. Bzzt!
Zoe Margolis, author of Girl With A One Track Mind
We brought along two tables filled with fun including Rock Box, the Bedroom Kandi Music-Activated Vibrator, Minna Ola, Sqweel and of course... Baconlube. Our table was rarely quiet and by the end of the day the batteries were running low, the Sliquid lubes were half consumed and our contact book was bulging full with email addresses of future reviewers. We really loved the friendly, vibrant atmosphere and the open attitude everyone had with us and one another. Thank you to everyone who took the time to chat with us...
A curious spike in the sales of sex swings left staff here at Lovehoney HQ scratching their heads. What could possibly be the cause of a run on sex swings? Are they kinky Valentine's gifts? Or a novel way to keep warm in the cold snap that's got the country all-of-a shiver?
After a little research, our answer came in the shape of Channel 4's Desperate Housewives. It turns out, Bree Van de Kamp's enterprising daughter Danielle was creating sex swings at home (though Bree was under the impression it was some sort of exercise equipment).
But forget the antics on Wisteria Lane, it's what's going on in bedrooms up and down Britain that's really got everyone at Lovehoney in a spin...
Happy National Flirt Day! It's the day that thoughts turn to Valentine's Day - and snaring that perfect hot date.
So what's the best way to impress a date? Tracey Cox, author of Pocket Superflirt (£5.99), says there is no such thing as a failproof chat up line.
"There is no chat up line that's going to work in every situation! Just start a conversation with something that's appropriate to the situation you're in. And if you do have something extraordinary to say, save it for about five minutes in. We're too busy looking, not listening in those first 60 seconds. Deciding if we fancy someone and getting clues about them from their posture, clothes and body language..."
"You're better off worrying about your body language and whether you're standing nice and tall, smiling and making eye contact than you are what's coming out of your mouth."
Most people consider keeping your socks on during sex to be the ultimate passion-killer, but a study from a Dutch university begs to differ.
While aiming to find out what happens in the brain during orgasm, researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands inadvertently discovered that keeping the tootsies toasty had a positive impact on the subjects' ability to reach climax.
When the couples were given socks to wear, about 80% of the couples were able to achieve orgasm compared with 50% previously.
Anything that boosts orgasm potential gets our vote - but keep it sexy though, with a pair of stockings instead.